26th March


Approach to deforestated area.


Dull and very wet.


The first Willow leaves have opened. There are no catkins on this specimen yet, so I'll plump for Eared Willow - Salix aurita - although the leaves are already quite large, so it might be a hybrid.


I was examining Pine needles looking for micromoth larvae and spotted what appears to be a fungal rust. Maybe Coleosporium tussilaginis.

And, of course, something else caught my eye: a minute spider spinning between Pine leaves.

A side-shot of Polytrichum formosum showing old antheridia.

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